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  FOX News    Special Report With Bret Baier    News/Business. Bret  
   Baier.  (2012) New.  

    October 30, 2012
    6:00 - 7:00pm EDT  

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fall-out from hurricane katrina sandy. be safe. if you are in the past, midwest, be careful. lock it down. ♪ ♪ >> bret: monster storm sandy leaves 40 dead. millions without power. or transportation. the two presidential campaigns in limbo. this is "special report." ♪ ♪ >> bret: good evening. i'm bret baier. this time, the hype was justified. what was billed as the biggest storm to ever hit the atlantic coast delivered a crippling blow to the northeast. the entire region nearly half the states in the country were affected in some way. new jersey governor chris christie called it "de stating."devastating."
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beyond anything he thought he'd see. this is as the presidential campaign begin the final week. rick leventhal is on point pleasant beach. good evening, rick. >> reporter: this storm left 8.2 million homes in the dark tonight. including more than 2 million in new jersey and this entire community of point pleasant beach. the destruction here, up and down the new jersey coastline is de stating. the recovery is only just beginning. >> the level of devastation at the jersey shore is unthinkable. >> new jersey's normally unflappable governor chris christie stunned by the devastation in his state. the familiar atlantic city boardwalk in shambles. entire neighborhood washed over, as search and rescue crews scoop up stranded residents by the boatload. crews working around the clock to clear out debris field
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7 feet high in some places. >> i anticipated last night given the nature of the wind and the rain, would be pretty baddism didn't expect it to be that bad. it didn't expect we'd see homes off of their foundations. in the middle of state highways. >> reporter: in new york, wall street still shut down and the subway system remained under water today. leaving the metropolis eerily quiet after a chaotic night. some of the city's worst daniel was not from water but from fire. as flames engulf 80 homes in queens. >> there was 25 civilians. they were inside. 25 people inside on the roof of the building. fire was spreading. >> the fire was in the two-story building next door. the fire was coming across the top of the roof. >> reporter: by daylight, the breezy point neighborhood looked obliterated. up and down the eastern seaboard, the property daniel is widespread. millions of homes that were spared are now dealing with power outages.
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the storm although weaker is still on the move. knocking down power lines almost faster than crews can get them back up. lake michigan today saw 20-foot swells and the national weather service is warning the storm could produce heavy snow and it hits the arctic air on the way west. parts of north carolina and western virginia are already blanketed but are several inchs of snow. >> i'm never used to it when it hits. like fall to immediate winter overnight. >> the damage is not just limited to beach front home and businesses. communities are underwear. people can't get back to their homes to see how bad things are. it could cost the economy up to $50 billion. the financial forecasting firm breaks it down to $20 billion in damages and 10 to 30 billion in lost business activity.
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monster storm is giving president obama opportunity to look presidential and display leadership but he is losing valuable campaigning time. ed henry has the latest. >> tough time for a lot of people. >> canceling two more campaign events in ohio, president obama headed to the red cross to continue the role of healer in chief. >> there is no excuse for inaction. i want every agency to lean forward and make sure we are getting the resources where they need, where they're needed as quickly as possible. >> looking presidential in the final week of a tight campaign in a role that one rare praise today from governor chris christie. >> he has been attentive in anything i asked for, he got to me. it thank the president publicly for that. he has done, as far as i'm concerned a great job for new jersey.
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>> biden has two solo ral his tomorrow in battleground florida and trying to drum up hispanic turnout telling univision talk show host that he and the president are breaking their neck to get real immigration law. clinton was in minnesota. a state that democrats were supposed to lock upped long ago. he tried to use a superstorm to hit republican mitt romney. >> he ridiculed the president. ridiculed the president for his effort to fight global warming and economical beneficial ways. he said oh, you'll turn back the seas. my part of america we would like it if someone could have done that yesterday. >> obama camp is also suddenly spending $650,000 on tv ads in
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pennsylvania. democratic stronghold with 20 electoral votes. they revealed today going on the air in pennsylvania, the obama campaign sees a bluff. stephanie cutter taking a time-out from the bipartisan kumbaya over the storm to tweet romney decision to go up and p.a. proof positive they can't make the current map work to get to 270. throwing out lifelines to pennsylvania, minnesota. #desperate. obama team responds with team romney spending money in north carolina, that battleground may not be locked down as much as the g.o.p. hoped. we'll find out who is expanding the map and who is bluffing one week from tonight. bret? >> bret: ed henry live on the north lawn. thank you. romney campaign shifted slightly from events focused on the election to one less overtly political. all the while trying desperately not to lose precious momentum in the final seven days.
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chief political correspondent carl cameron is in tampa, florida tonight. >> in dayton, ohio, a week from the election, romney tried to retool a prescheduled political rally to what aides dub disaster relief event and charity concert. >> we have heavy hearts with the suffering going on. >> romney didn't mention the campaign, stayed off the main stage and spoke in front of the tables piled with donation. >> part of the american spirit, the american way to give to people in need. we have goods here. more coming in. we will box these things up. ♪ ♪ play me mountain music >> scheduled as a victory rally to inveigh rate voters for the sprint, country star randy owens performed but john mccain's appearance was scrapped. in a debate last year, romney was asked about cutting fema's budget and did not rule it out. he ignored reporters' questions about it today.
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romney political director has a memo suggest hag romney surge put pennsylvania in play and the president is on defense saying the expansion of the electoral map demonstrates that governor romney's momentum jumped containment from the usual target states and spread to deeper blue states that chicago never anticipated defending. paul ryan was in his home state of wisconsin to encourage relief efforts of campaign victory offices. the native son popularity helped him surge in 2.3 points of the president in real clear politics average of recent wisconsin polls. thursday he will visit virginia where the top ally is dealing with the clean-up. >> we are issuing a letter today to all the voting registrar office around the state. asking them to stay open for up to eight additional hours to make up for the time.
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that a citizen may not have had to vote absentee. over the last two days. >> i don't think the damage has been massive. not in virginia it appears. especially northern virginia. not necessarily in new hampshire. so, we're not looking at swing states, sustaining the damage. >> devastation hasn't completely disrupted the campaign. advertisements continue and endorsements continue. today, romney picked up support of former chrysler cio and hal sperling, saying he is the right man to help detroit and fix auto industry. for the next couple days romney will walk a fine line between trying to rally voters and continue the cam pawn stay on the right side of the relief effort. bret? >> bret: carl cameron traveling with the romney campaign. carl, thank you. a mexican man has become the first to be convicted in the death of the u.s. border agent brian terry two years ago. two rifles known as operation fast and furious found at the
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>> bret: the worst of the storm has passed in the northeast. now comes the clean-up. and the rebuild. all of that takes time. material and money. chief washington correspondent james rosen looks at the relief efforts. >> it's going to be a very large response to covering multiple states. the biggest thing i'm concerned about is the power outals. >> it's not home. but it's been made pretty comfortable for us. the national guard and the red cross here have been super. >> james and kimberly levine joined by the dogs were among
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the 650 delaware residents who took refuge monday night in seven shelters. the american red cross operates across the first state. this, the del mar station is special needs facility, offering not only a lively kennel, but emotional counselors, nurses, medical technician about full-time physician who treated refugees from hurricane sandy suffering from diabetes, lung disease and dramatic brain injury. >> many people in the shelter for the last couple of days would never have been table stay here had we not been here. >> on sandy's first night, 250 red cross shelters spread across 16 states welcomed 11,000 displaced persons. the nation's premier relief agency served 25,000 meals and snacks. and 1700 red cross workers and volunteers mobilized to help from as far away as utah. the storm has caused the cancellation of 300 red cross blood drives in 14 states. producing a shortfall of more than 9,000 units of blood and plaitlet donation.
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>> this was an enormous storm and required enormous effort on the red cross. we have done that. we now rely on the american public to help us continue to do that. >> and probably the simplest way to do that is financial contribution. you can text the one word "redcross" to 90999. that is 90999. that will deliver a $10 donation or call 1-800-red-cross or visit the agency's website, at redcross.org. >> bret: important. also important to give blood during this time. >> absolutely. >> bret: thanks. the search continues for the captain of the hms bounty, which went down in rough sees off the carom coast monday morning. 14 workers were pulled from the water about an hour afterwards. the body of crew member claw dine christian was found later. she did not survive. the storm's legacy of course pales in comparison to the loss of life. one of the most major inconveniences is transportation.
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some flights at reagan international. but william la jeunesse tells us in many places, planes, trains and automobiles stopped running. >> next to 9/11, nothing has been more crippling to america's transportation system than hurricane sandy. airlines, rail, shipping, public transportation in six major cities basically in lockdown. more than 16,000 flights canceled since sunday. the number is rising. >> we'll see more consolations tomorrow and see them through friday. until airlines get the act back together. i'm not convinced everybody will get back to where they're going for five to seven days from now. >> washington, baltimore, philadelphia, boston airport continue to report cancellations. >> as i was going through security they canceled my second flight. as i got down to the gate for the third flight they canceled it. >> because new york airports are international transit points, many passengers cannot get in or out of asia or
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europe. >> struggled a few days in the u.s. today, airlines cancel 2,000 more flights for wednesday. waiting lists are long. call centers overwhelmed. because delays are weather-related, many passengers have to pay their own hotel bill. up to $400 a night in new york. >> amtrak shut down the northeast corridor monday and tuesday. stranding some 750,000 daily riders. >> there is major damage on each and every one of new jersey's rail lines. >> while some ships remain stranded offshore, this one ran aground off staten island. officials expect the subway in new york to partially open in the next few days. >> our administration will move hen and earth to help them so we can get up and running quickly as humanly possible. >> the brooklyn tunnel 19 feet high and -- 12 feet high and two miles long is filled with water and must be pumped out. so massive muchs have been brought in used in katrina to
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train the tunnel. kennedy airport should reopen tomorrow. laguardia is still under water. newark has no power. amtrak could have limited service. for the subways, well, engineers have to walk all 600 miles before the stations begin to slowly reopen. back to you. >> bret: big job. william, thank you. were you or someone you know stranded? let me know on twitter. follow me. @bretbaier. still ahead, if you live in ohio, the politicians will find you. first, while the u.s. still has not interrogate interrogatey suspect known to be in custody in the libya terror attack. years ago, my doctor told me to take a centrum silver multivitamin every day. i told him, sure. can't hurt, right? then i heard this news about a multivitamin study looking at long-term health benefits for men over 50. the one they used in that study... centrum silver. that's what i take. my doctor!
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>> bret: we have new information tonight about the drones over the u.s. mission in libya on september 11.
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when terrorists attacked and killed four americans, including the u.s. ambassador. and u.s. officials say they have positive facial recognition that a tunisian suspect now in custody was at the scene of the attack. but there is a problem. national security correspondent jennifer griffin has that story from the pentagon. >> senior u.s. officials tell fox news that tunisian that a suspect in the attack on september 11 was identified on the benghazi consulate internal surveillance tape recovered after the attack on the come pound where ambassador chrissteins and aide sean smith were killed. the suspect and one other were detained at airport in turkey in the days after the attack. travelling on fox documents. he has now been identified being present at the attack using the images obtained from the consulate compound video. he was transferred to tunisian
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custody. as of yet, the u.s. interrogators have not had access to him, much to frustration of the u.s. investigators and members of the senate intelligence committee. >> once the president in january of 2009 signed the executive order saying we're going to shut down guantanamo, any enemy combatant as this individual is, there is no policy in place to take possession of him. interrogate him in a way we can gain valuable information. >> state department would not comment. >> the president made clear, the secretary made clear that we are intent on figuring out who did this and bringing the perpetrators to justice.
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>> the predator drones deployed over benghazi the night of the attack were unarmed. the first predator was redirected from darna in eastern libya where the u.s. u.s. intelligence sources tell fox al-qaeda has active training catches that the u.s. military has been watching for some time. it arrived? benghazi an hour after the attack began. suggesting the first hour of the attack was not set back to officials in washington. that drone is running low on fuel so a second predator unarmed was deployed from italy to provide backup. >> it's not clear why the second drone departed unarmed after the attack had begun. senior defense official tells fox, "while some may think that armed drones could have made a difference in benghazi, that is altogether unclear. we need good intelligence to drive the use of armed drones. it's not like you can just send hell fire missile to relatively crowded area when you don't know precisely where the enemy is." >> bret: we'll continue to follow it. thank you.
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syrian state tv says an air force general has been assassinated in a damascus suburb. it blames terrorists, which is the government's word for "rebels" there. airstrikes continue on neighborhoods around the capital. eight people were reported killed in one district. 18 in another. monday was said to be the most intense day of bombing. since the war began. you will not believe what animal rights activists want to do in california about some dead fish. and how do you get storm information from the government when the power goes out? bob...
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>> bret: fresh pickin picking fm the political grapevine. the federal emergency management agency, fema, urged sandy victims to turn to the internet. that's despite high expectations of power outals an cable tv failures. politico found even fema's news desk did not have any non-internet information readily available beyond suggesting that folks call 911 in an emergency. politico asked what object those who lost power? fema worker said, "those people who have a laptop with a little battery life on it can try that way. otherwise you're right." the "new york times" seems to be changing with the time. when it comes to interpreting the economic outlook. this is an editorial from october 29, 1992. president bush smiled when he learned this week that
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economic growth during the third quarter reached a surprising 2.7%, almost twice the previous rate. but his smile shouldp be broad. the new figure certainly exaggerates the health of the economy. which continues to creep along at a painfully so pace. even the 7 figure is half the normal rate of recovery and not enough to bring down unemployment. then there was this. from three days ago. this past saturday, octobe october 27. the slow pace of the economic recovery picked up. third quarter, the economy grew at annual rate of #%, beating -- 2% and beating expectation and the dismal 1.3% growth in second quarter. over the past year, the growth rate has been 2.3%. at that pace, there is enough momentum to keep unemployment currently 7.8% from getting much worse. >> animal rights group pet ab wants the city of irvine,
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california, to install a sign. memorializing hundreds of fish killed earlier this month. when a truck carrying 1600 pounds of live fish crashed. ill would read in mem/hundreds of fish who sufficiented and died that spot. to remind tractor trailer drivers of their responseability to the animals who are hauled to their deaths every day. the orange county registrar tells us that peta letter acknowledges signs of this court are typically for human deaths but hopes the city will make an exception. city spokesman says there will not be a fish memorial. the monster storm sandy brought with it a tidal surge that sent many running. dozens had to be evacuated from a develop in the a m.d. community. correspondent steve harrigan is live tonight from ocean city. good evening, steve. >> good evening. the rescue operations are going on across the maryland. especially in low lying areas
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mere the coast. we followed several first responders today. yesterday they were rescuing people by boat due to high level of water. toad was by humvee and army truck. combination as police an the national guard. low-tech operation, too. pounding on doors, seeing who needed help and carrying them out. sometimes they carry people over their shoulder an carrying them to safety. remarkable site to see. three feet of water in many cases often enough to imprison elderly couples or families with small children. clean-up underway across maryland to get the boardwalk in shape. this morning there were 300,000 people in this state without power. now it's down to 200,000 five days in. most of the major roads already back open. bret, back to you. >> bret: already, steve. thank you very much.
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hurricane sandy has taken some of the attention away from ohio in the final days of the presidential race. we are there for the duration however. correspondent mike tobin tells us you can't watch television, listen to the radio, pick up the phone without being inundated by campaign commercial it. >> the trippi family in southern ohio can't escape the political ads, through the phone or the mail. >> they are turned off not from the volume or persistence, but the tone. >> i have always been a conservative republican, but i consider myself independent now. do like the nastiness on either side. >> $164 million spent on glaces ohio. conservatives outspending liberals by $8 million. new ad buys are forced deep in the able channels or late at -- cable channels or late at night.
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so many, that almost no message cut through the clutter. >> we stopped listening a long time ago. it's just white noise. >> state representative denise dryhouse is up for re-election and she not campaigning on the air at all. >> too cluttered. too much stuff. people tune out. i have done direct mail. primarily talking to people on the doorers. >> absolute lies. >> focus group, research have shown shinelight on your own candidate and it doesn't keep. it doesn't stick. sorry, battleground voters you shouldn't expect to hear anything new. >> especially up toward election day, they reframe the same message with some other kind of window dressing. other person saying it. so much other greenny image or something like that. >> through the badgers by politicians, parties, the ohio voters like trippis know they are special. >> i feel like we're having, we really do make a difference. >> acutely aware, ohioans are
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voting gnarl record numbers. the ads keep coming. no one benefit mrs. than the local tv stations. bret? >> bret: mike, thank you. politics of the super storm just one week out from presidential election. how does it factor in? fox all-stars join me next. [ lisa ] my name's lisa, and chantix helped me quit. i honestly loved smoking, and i honestly didn't think i would ever quit. [ male announcer ] along with support, chantix is proven to help people quit smoking. it reduces the urge to smoke. it put me at ease that you could smoke on the first week. [ male announcer ] some people had changes in behavior, thinking or mood, hostility, agitation, depressed mood and suicidal thoughts or actions while taking or after stopping chantix. if you notice any of these stop taking chantix and call your doctor right away. tell your doctor about any history of depression or other mental health problems, which could get worse while taking chantix. don't take chantix if you've had a serious allergic or skin reaction to it. if you develop these stop taking chantix and see your doctor right away as some can be life-threatening.
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during the darkness of the storm we saw bright point for america. this is a tough time. millions of folks across the eastern seaboard, but america is tougher. >> i appreciate the fact that people in dayton got up this morning, some went to the grocery store and purchased things that the families will need. i appreciate your generosity. part of the american spirit, american way to give to people in need. your generosity this morning
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touches my heart. >> okay. president obama and for romney and hurricane sandy. how does this packer in with seven days left to go? let's bring in panel. tucker carlson editor of the dailycaller.com. charles lane for "washington post." syndicated columnist charles krauthammer. okay, tucker. you know, listen, a lot of the focus is on the recovery, the rescue, the damage. but a lot of people are thinking seven days ahead. what does this do to this race? >> well, i think in general, natural disasters have a greater capacity to hurt, for example, katrina than they do to help. typically people don't blame the candidate, any candidate for the storm itself. one did promise to lower the level of the ocean and that didn't work. >> bret: former president clinton has a problem with that particular -- >> a number of people blame it on global warming, including al gore and governor of maryland.
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on the margin this hurts obama a little bit in that it ads to the sort of general feeling that things are amiss in america. specific terms, you know, one swing state most affected by this storm, pennsylvania, and if there is one place you could see the effect of the hurricane, hurting voting turn-out is in philadelphia. maybe on the margin that helps the romney campaign in state of pennsylvania. >> bret: let me push back. it hurts because things are amiss in america? >> i would no sense suggesting that people are going to rationally conclude obama is responsible for the hurricane. of course not. but if you looking at a candidate, incumbent and ask am i happy with the state of the country right now, possible on the margins to effect the tiny group of undecided voters at this stage, you know, the fact there is a hurricane and ugly pictures on television add to the cumulative effect that america is not going in right direction. >> response and how it, the response has gone arguably you
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had new jersey governor chris christie who said the president has done very well. it's gone smooth. most of the response is handleed by the governors. state-by-state. but it does require some federal assistance. coordination on the federal level. he said the president is to be mended. the president is going to new jersey tomorrow. chuck? >> i would perhaps agree with tucker if it were in some way clear that president obama had mishandled this disaster or bungled it. but he is being praised by republican governor and the one that gave the keynote address at the republican national convention. further more, this whole thing is an opportunity to be the president. be filmed in situation room, et cetera, et cetera. if you can't be on the campaign trail, at least you can be doing that. i think more important than pennsylvania is virginia. which is a true swing state and really got clobbered by the thing they had power outages and flooding.
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in the northern virginia part of the state. they have a freak blizzard out in the coal counties which presumably would turn out for governor romney. i am hearing all of that stuff will be reed by election day, if you look for any impact is on the ability for people to turn out and vote. those would be the areas. my personal view is that by the time this is, you know, next -- one week from now, everything will be reed enough so normal voting can go on. >> bret: we mentioned chris christie and his praise for president obama and handling of the federal assistance. just moments ago, apparently new york city mayor michael bloomberg said something about president obama. i want you to listen to what he had to say. >> i talked to the president today. and i talked to his chief of staff today. particularly about a trip here. what i pointed out to him is that we would throw have him,
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but we have a lot of things to do. i'm not trying to diss him. but i know he had planned a trip to new jersey. i said that's fine. it represents the whole region, people understand the storm and he doesn't have -- he has a lot of things to do. and i was flattered that he offered to come but i think the thing to do is to go to new jersey and represent the country. >> bret: charles? >> well, that was amazing. he managed to diss the president and new jersey at the same type. that is a two-fer. and christie's praise, i don't want to be cynical, but that is probably worth cup hundred million. as a governor why not say what you got to say? in end, it's probably a wash. true that president obama acts presidential but that is what people expect in a disaster. he won't have time to screw it up. i don't think it's a negative. on the other hand, romney is in places he gets to pack caned food and -- canned food
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and looks as he cares. he does behe plays in the scenario type for channeler and the president. wash on that. it takes libya off the front page but then again it wasn't on the front pages in the first place. the main stream media who spent hundreds and hundreds of articles on the supposed outing of a c.i.a. agent in the bush administration, ensconced in washington and never in danger. epidemic of incuriosity about murder of an ambassador. so that is also a wash. lastly, will it disrupt early voting? which is what the obama administration wanted? states like virginia or ohio? there is no storms in northeastern ohio, democratic country, as was indicated earlier, virginia, it hitsteamic area and republican arizona. it's probably a washington. it will be a three-day hiatus out of the political counter and will resume in week where we were in the beginning of the week. >> what about the romney
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evideneffort and how it transpid today? holding this evident to raise both funds and food stuff, and kind of, you know, talk about giving and how that played today? >> what else do you do? >> bret: right. >> a moment fraught with peril for the challenger particularly. you don't want to be accused and the press is a hair trigger when it comes to accusing romney of misusing the moment. >> bret: then he did today. >> of course, but you don't want to be accused. that is fair or unfair. >> every day i wake up for two weeks and say maybe it's frozen in stone. maybe the race is already decided. i don't know the outcome but the people who don't know who they are going to vote for and/or going to vote could if it in this room and not touch each other. it's possible that none of this matters. >> bret: yeah. if the race is frozen, you look at how many states say the early vote, chuck, has been overwhelming.
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some report says 40% of the state early vote. >> i don't know if it's true that we four are the remaining people to decide. tucker is probably right. you could fit the undecided people in a small space. in that sense, maybe everybody, by changing the subject to something that really matters to people's lives we'll have more full vote. those few undecided will vote with perspective on life. >> we have six days to report to go to election day, i refuse to accept the notion that election is over. these are crucial days in which we will sway the remaining dozen or so undecided. and that will decide the election. we have work to do between now and election day. >> bret: next up, the bignate races with a week to go. the panel weighs in.
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>> bret: okay, we talk about the presidential race but the balance of power, congress. senate side, a lot of races up. there is the balance of power. democrats 51. republicans 47. but the two "i"s are the independents that caucus with the democrats. go down the road with interesting senate races. >> first, massachusetts, scott brown. he won miraculous victory in 2010, against elizabeth warren, liberal line in this race attracted -- this is the glamour race of the year. >> bret: the rcpi average has warren 54.5 and brown 46%.
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>> right. she has been, each of them raised $50 million, amazing amount. 60% of her money is from out of state. she is an icon for liberalism in the country. brown is suffering from the fact it's not wave election in 2010. he does not have a weak opponent like in 2010. he has a presidential ticket at the top. which for a state that is 3-1 democratic hurts him. however, one thing that happened is romney has better. he was down 30 in the state, he is now down 14. he is not going to win the state. but the closing of that gap helps brown to the extent it was a boston globe poll a couple of days ago that had them dead even. so i think he is gaining. still behind. the odds are she wins. it could be a brown upset. >> bret: chuck? >> i just want to say this is going to be a great year for senate races. there are ten tossup in the rcp. raising the prospect of
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multiple recounts like we had with norm coleman and al franken. i want everyone looking forward to that. my favorite one is in virginia. george allen, the republican, against tim kaine, the democrat. both guys are very, very familiar to voters of virginia. >> bret: put up the rcp average. very tight. kaine with a slight lead. 48.7 to 46.7. >> they are both former governors. george allen was the senator until he was beaten by jim webb in 2006. this is a redemption effort by george allen. he has been through the ringer and got heat the last time for associating with the confederate flag. for making some purportedly racist comment on the campaign trail. he is a more subdued, cooler less fiery george allen. and i would say that if mitt romney runs strong, in virginia, he could tug george allen first over the finish line here. >> bret: tucker? >> in montana, the incumbent
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democratic senator john tester is challenged by the state's only congressman denny reburg. this should be an easy race for republican. chester barely beat conrad burns six years ago. the republican is being hurt by independent candidacy. a guy named dan cox, libertarian. interestingly, this week, we reported that the group called montana hunters and anglers come out with the spots attacking denny rieberg not being sufficiently conservative. but the surprise the group of hunters and angleers is power play ord and funded entirely by democratic operatives. guys that wouldn't know the right side of fly rod to cast or where to put a shell in a shut gun. hunters and angleers? it looks like to this race could go tester's race. >> bret: put up the rcp average in that one. really tight. reiberg 46.3%. tester really -- >> flat-out tied. >> bret: really just tied. charles, second round? >> missouri. amazingly close. you have would haven't expected. claire mccaskill, incumbent, unpopular, going to be the
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easiest for republicans to knock off. running against todd akin, ahead of her and then he made the gaffe of the century. early in the century but none will surpass the gaffe he made about forcible rape. sunk in the poll. ostracized by republicans. yet, he is only two points behind. >> the average of polls includes some earlier polls. that includes about, i guess four or -- four and four. >> latest he is up to, the latest has him two behind. part because romney is running so strong. he is up 13 in the state. at the beginning, people thought that akin slipping and bringing the republicans down would put the missouri in play. in the presidential election. it's not. but that akin is in the race, simply astonishing. >> bret: lightning round. quick, last two. >> remind everybody of nebraska, thought to be a sure thing for the republican candidate deb fisher running against bob kerry. who is trying to get a second
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or another shot at the senate seat he used to hold. she was ahead by double digits. the last poll has her up only three. and she is polling below 50% at 49 for the first time. that could be a surprise. >> if nebraska goes democrat that is a bah thing for mitt romney overall. >> it could be. yeah. although, kerry because he is a relatively conservative democrat and has a long history in the state may not necessarily be a leading indicator. >> bret: tucker? >> status race in the entire country is indiana. open seat and race between joe donnelly, the congressman, one of the congressman from the state, richard murdoch the state treasurerer. this is a seat occupied by dick lugar so popular he was not challenged in the 2006 race. he lost if primary an now looks like to seat may go democrat. i know this is a talking point on the left. i don't care. it's true. this race ought to make the republicans rethink how they do the primary. this is a waste of the seat for republicans. period. >> you think that there is a chance the murdoch could pull it snout
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>> bret: finally tonight, we left you last night with the soldiers on duty at the tomb of the unknowns through hurricane sandy at arlington national cemetery and we were swamped with hundreds of emails about how inspiring that was to see. we thought we would leave you with more inspiring images tonight. sandy, of course, devastated a number of areas all along the east coast monday night. but we also saw some people coming together to try to help each other. new york city firefighters responded to the collapse of a four story building facade on to the sidewalk at eighth avenue and 14th at manhattan. troops from the army national guard provided assistance to residents and their children at an emergency shelter in new jersey where they are passing out food and supplies. then there were some rainbows after the storm. this one over breezy point in queens. the site of that horric

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